My personal view of integral life

I AM in everything – and everything is in me (and you)

What would be the simplest inquiry of dropping your body-mind, your ordinary ego-based consciousness that says, “I am this and I am that” describing different qualities of your outer being?

WHO AM I? ask again: WHO AM I? and again: WHO AM I?

What is arising in your consciousness?

You are aware of your feelings, so you cannot be your feelings – Who are you then?

You are aware of your thoughts, so you are not your thoughts – Who are you?

You are aware of the snow flakes flying in the sky, so you are not those flakes flying – Who are you?

You are not objects anywhere, not thoughts in the mind, not feelings in the body…. BUT you can witness them all.

You ARE that Witness. And so is everyone else since we all have this… and that.

People typically feel trapped by life, trapped by the universe, because they imagine that they are actually in the universe, and therefore the universe can squish them like a bug. This is not true. You are not in the universe; the universe is in you.” - Ken Wilber, One Taste, p. 448.

Our every action has a re-action in the Universe, which is like a mirror answering to us right the way we send out the action. It’s all reflecting back to us, whether negative or positive. Our every thought has a consequence too, even though it might be hard to realize. In this timeless and non-local quantum universe there are no distances: our thoughts, actions and re-actions travel faster than the speed of light. We are sending out information every now and now and now, and all of that has an effect into our surroundings as well as into ourselves. What I mean by this, is that the sense of separateness is an illusion, a culture and ego-based delusion that makes us miserable and detached not only from ourselves, but of others, the nature and the whole biosphere.

I would like people to treat themselves and love themselves as he/she/it was the dearest person/thing on earth. It’s all reflecting from you if you can love yourself as you would love your closest partner. Because he/she is you, and you are him/her. The key to understanding the universe is the realization that you are its smallest part and at the same time its largest part.

All of the information in the Universe is at hand at every possible moment; we just have to attune ourselves into the right frequency by regaining our connection to the spirit and the unborn. Spirit or the Field, or whatever name, the tilt of Eros, play of Lila, is what is creating all this that we see, hear, smell, sense and experience; and we are all part of that… in fact we are nothing but that.

Most of the great physicists have been also mystics; they have understood the nature of the universe, the non-locality, non-separateness and that we are in fact all connected, all the same face of the unborn.

“Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown. It is not possible that this unity of knowledge, feeling, and choice which you call your own should have sprung into being from nothingness at a given moment not so long ago; rather, this knowledge, feeling, and choice are essentially eternal and unchangeable and numerically one in all people, nay in all sensitive beings.

The conditions for your existence are almost as old as the rocks. For thousand of years men have striven and suffered and begotten and women have brought forth in pain. A hundred years ago, another man sat on this spot; like you he gazed with awe and yearning in his heart at the dying light on the glaciers. Like you he was begotten of man and born of woman. He felt pain and brief joy as you do. Was he someone else? Was it not yourself?

- Erwin Schroedinger (Physicist, Nobel Prize winner)

Was this not you? You are humanity itself. Therefore love the world, and love all people, and love the Kosmos, because you are its only Self.

Nassim Haramein, a mystic, cosmologist and astrophysicist has with his resonance Project presented the possible quantum physics solution to this deep realization: “This significant paper marks a new paradigm in the world of quantum theory, as it describes the nuclei of an atom as a mini black hole, where protons are attracted to each other by gravitation rather than some mysterious undefined ‘strong force’. This radical new view of the quantum world produces a unification of the forces and appropriately predicts measured values for the nucleon of an atom.”

http://theresonanceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/AIP_CP_SProton_Haramein.pdf

Whether or not you believe what Nassim Haramein here presents it is obvious that the current situation in our world has to do with the thing that we think we are separate beings from others. We have set certain boundaries that say “mine” or “me”. Not until we truly understand this can we “save” Earth and act like it is part of us… in fact we/I/You are/am the Earth.

The simplest thing to do is to think how you could do things, send thoughts and react into others as it would be of the greatest help for greatest number of people. When you are creating positive vibes, positive frequencies into the Universe it will be heard. Help yourself, help others. 1+1 is not-two; it’s infinite. By adjusting our consciousness into creating as much love, goodness, kindness and health into the world can we best help not only ourselves but everyone/thing else too.

“Raindrops are beating, a large puddle is forming, there on the balcony. It all floats in Emptiness, in purest Transparency, with no one here to watch it. If there is an I, it is all that is arising, right now and right now and right now. My lungs are the sky; those mountains are my teeth; the soft clouds are my skin; the thunder is my heart beating time to the timeless; the rain itself, the tears of our collective estate, here where nothing is really happening at all.” - Ken Wilber, One Taste, p.429.

Here is a task for you: Everytime you realize that you are in an uncomfortable situation, facing it the millionth time and reacting the way you usually do (with resistance) decide to attune into the moment, stop for a while and act from a place of love. There are thousands of these situations in all of our lives and only by changing our reactions to those can we truly grow.

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  1. Really amazing Schrödinger quote, was this in the book edited by Wilber?

    But please leave that new age pseudoscience crap out of it.

    TJEU:
    “Nassim’s main current claim to scientific legitimacy is his paper, The Schwarzschild Proton.

    It is eight pages of equations and particle physics, and claims to be a significant step towards potentially deriving the strong force from general relativity. Again, it looks impressive. But there are a number of very sound reasons to dismiss this paper as meaningless.”

    “A question. How is it that there is absolutely no support from any part of the scientific community for any of Nassim’s ideas, talks, or research? None of his papers have been published in any scientific journal – certainly not one subject to proper peer review. Scientists seem to either treat him as a crank or dismiss him altogether. Which of the following reasons sounds most plausible? Is it…”

    http://azureworld.blogspot.com/2010/02/nassim-haramein-fraud-or-sage-part-2.html

      • Read the whole critique… what can I say, I’m not a physicist, but the critique arose very negative vibes in me. It seemed to be intentionally harmful, arrogant and officious.
        The internet is full of these kinds of “critiques” that will really lead into nothing new. The writer seems to be attached to Newtonian linear physics and simply has now cognition to possibly understanding the interconnectedness of everything.

    • Toma, thanks for your thoughts :)

      Yea the Schrödinger quote was in the book.

      I thought you might take your stance to the “pseudo”-science stuff here. For me it is by far the most compelling explanation to what I know to be “true” of Spirit. If anyone else can present something that can explain it more deeply, more convincingly, I am all ears (and eyes).

      I don’t know why there is no support to Haramein’s ideas; maybe due to two things: Haramein is “wrong” or other physicists aren’t just there yet. It would be interesting to have a chat with him :)

      I’ll check out the critique.

      • Yes you are not a physicist, and can’t be expected to be an expert in these things. This makes you exactly Haramein’s target audience. He drapes his ideas in sciency-sounding words and covers them with meaningless formulas. But the fact is that he’s a quack and his ideas have nothing to do with reality. The tone of the critiques in science is absolutely irrelevant since the facts stand as they do.

        It also makes not one bit of difference that his ideas feel like a compelling explanation to you (and many others, I assume). If anything, this should make you even more careful and critical about them. I will also be happy to give my somewhat informed opinion about ideas like this. Promoting stuff like this is shooting your cause in the leg. Please, please don’t do it.

        I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking into any and all possible ideas and theories at the intersection of physics and spirituality. Although the broad parallels with for example the Vedas, which were noticed in the very beginning of quantum mechanics and partly inspired it, are there, nothing concrete AND true has been proposed. I’ve found the following maxim to be true so far: the more detailed the idea, the less it has to do with physics. I would be the first one to wish it were otherwise, but unfortunately it is not.

      • At the very least, when evaluating ideas like this, look for peer-reviewed publications. In physics, there are absolutely no holds barred on novel, far out, mind-blowing ideas being published in proper journals. The only reason why someone who is actively promoting his ideas wouldn’t have published is that his ideas actually don’t stand any expert scrutiny.

      • And if you are still not convinced, I can look at this paper myself and do a bit more research, and then we can meet and I can tell you exactly what makes it so wrong. But I do suggest you take my word for it :)

      • Toma, as I said to you, I’m not holding Haramein’s proposition as “truth”, but rather an interesting model, which might be “true” or then not. It seems that there is no other scientific validation to that, so it cannot be hold by any means as a consensus. Rather, I am willing to see what he comes up with next and of course be open to all possibilities arising from anywhere else.

        Have you researched Lynne McTaggart’s book, The Field? Might interest you.

        p.s. I can save you from the trouble of trying to explain the paper to me :D

      • The problem isn’t that Haramein’s “model” hasn’t been validated. A lot of serious physics work is done in models which might be even untestable, such as string theory. The problem is that this Schwarzschild atom stuff is in blatant disagreement with many tried and tested models, and gives predictions that are in glaring disagreement with observed reality. It really doesn’t matter one goddam bit if it is “interesting” or not.

        As you can see, this issue is quite close to my heart. I would be the first in line waving a big flag if someone came up with a groundbreaking new model of the universe which encompassed spiritual truths or had an explicit place for consciousness. But until that day, pseudoscience like this must be called out, or better yet, ignored.

        I can’t say I’d looked into The Field, but 15 minutes with Google definitely discouraged me :p It would be super great if there was some sort of quantum field which unifies all consciousness, but unfortunately there is absolutely zero evidence for anything of the sort. Also, she seems to be making a lot of money peddling her views, and this intention-stuff is the same bullshit The Secret has been cashing in on.

        I found this review to be quite illuminating, note again the recurring theme of dubious references (of course, I would have to see the full list to make my own judgment on the matter):
        http://dmitrybrant.com/2007/09/05/the-non-science-of-lynne-mctaggart

        But in the spirit of openness to new ideas I’d be willing to give it a read if you can borrow me a copy :) The problem with these kinds of models, however, is that the more specific they get, the more they become in conflict with accepted science. On the other hand, the more vague they are, the less useful they are. The best book on the subject I know is “The Eye of Shiva”, which makes the best case I’ve read for the parallels that do seem to be there, and avoids making any direct (and thus wrong) assertions.

      • Did you read the comments on this whining critique? :D

        “Wow Dimity – you seem such a miserable cynical person – every now and then when I am searching for hope for my very ill son – I will come across your site. You seem so miserable and sarcastic – I wish that someone or something would cheer you up – this is a special life – full of beauty and wonder – it just depends who is doing the looking. I wish your heart will open up one day – what works for people is belief in what they are doing – that is the most powerful ally we have in healing and happiness. What makes you this way I wonder? Rockin the suburbs? Hmmm …… why don’t you put all that energy into something positive – we can all be ante – what do you believe in?”

        2. Tom Robinson says:
        January 15th, 2009 at 5:16 am
        Thank you for your comments.In my opinion you are very negative .I wonder wether you have anything positve or constructive to give people.I deal with suffering pain and death ,I have read Mc taggarts books,I may not agree with her conclusions , however at least she brings a freshness, and other perspectives to light, also her language is not crude !!

        My thoughts exactly ;)

        Check out my other answers too, I replied them into different position.

  2. Also, for delving into non-mainstream ideas, I can recommend the Skeptico podcast. Although the host is clearly a believer, he (mostly) has enough scientific criticism to keep the discussions relevant.

    • I am avoiding any skeptic sources ;) those usually lead into nothing good, only frustration and resentment.

      • It’s not a skeptic source at all, the name is misleading.

        And in general, I would suggest checking out critical sources on any new exciting idea. If the idea is good, any criticism would only make it stronger. Of course, the so-called skeptical community does overdo it a lot of the time, but that is a separate issue.

  3. Out of my own experience and spiritual understanding (non-dual awareness), I am 100% certain there is such thing as “quantum field” or whatever name you want to call it. The thing is that our scientific understanding is just not there yet (good tries though, that’s why I keep an open mind to likes of Haramein and McTaggart).

    Sometimes it is just that when you “know” enough and experience enough, you just cannot ignore those by telling yourself “there is no scientific evidence on that”.

    You are clearly believing in your stuff and making your own consensus, which is a good thing. I am also making mine based on subjective, objective, inter-subjective and inter-objective analysis.

    Michael Murphy is one guy you might want to take a closer look at, expecially his unbelievable book “The Future of The Body” written in 1991 (nearly 1000 pages).

    Also, I wiould like you to read this article by Barbara Marx-Hubbard:

    http://integrallife.com/member/barbara-marx-hubbard/blog/evolutionary-synthesis-new-world-view

    But what can I say. You don’t believe in it, because your paradigm is linear science. I believe it, because my paradigm is trans-rational, integral and also highly subjective and spiritual. We’re both right, we’re just at different phase of evolution and Eros.

    edit: gotta take a look at “The Eye of Shiva”, thanks for recommendation!

  4. Btw, funny thing is that you attached to my comments on Haramein, but had nothing to say about the text itself, especially about the One Taste, I AMness, unity… of the notion that our every thought, our every action creates a vibration in the universe that has an effect on everyone else. And that reflects right back to you. You (in passive, not personal sense) keep facing the same challenges, the same problems, untili you understand that what you are dealing with is your own true Self… because there is no separation, not me, not us, just oneness.

  5. Here we actually go into the crossroads of science and religion. I think those are both of the same, just checking from each side of the coin. Ken Wilber discusses of that confrontation in his book, “The Marriage of Sense and Soul”. Highly recommended.

    For many it’s the either or… “either science or religion. Make your choice.” For an integrally informed person it’s both, in the deepest sense.

    edit: I read the critique on McTaggart. What a tirade! :D It seems that behind those nasty and critical words are writers own frustration and psychological shadow elements arising quite clearly.

    Sure it might be that McTaggart has reduced all into intention, but for me it doesn’t seem like that. And the parable into “The Secret” is just stupid…

  6. I think we’re getting deep enough that this forum is becoming too constrictive to keep the discussion going smoothly. I would be very interested in learning how do you (and Wilber, I assume) justify the use of subjective or even intersubjective experiences as valid sources of information about physical reality. I’ve been wondering about this issue quite a bit. I think we should do it f2f sometime :)

    I’d just like to add that you should know my perspective is wider than only linear science (whatever that means, does quantum physics qualify for that pejorative as well?). I’ve spent quite a bit time familiarizing myself with yoga, tantra and Indian philosophies. But that has made me even more critical of incorrect and misleading attempts with dubious motivations.

    As for focusing on Haramein, strapping flat-out wrong new age “models” onto deep experiences of unity is to me tantamount to sacrilege, and you can’t just brush it aside saying you’re open to new ideas.

    Reality matters.

    • PS. And I’ve been meaning to read more deeply into Wilber, any chance of loaning the Marriage of Sense and Soul? :)

    • True. Real time discussion f2f is always better. Here the words mean too much and the non-verbal communication has no place.

      I know your perspective is wider, but what I meant it might get even wider still (but that cannot be forced, just to provide a cognitive dissonance that is enough to kick oneself into higher dimensions…).

      My personal experience have just been so huge lately that you would probably understand if I explained them to you and gave some concretic “real” examples.

      Reality matters, but another thing is how we experience it ;) (everyone is creating their own realities and this you should absolutely know; even though we’re all from the One source). Anyhow, this shall continue f2f anytime soon.

  7. Hi. Not going to comment on the discussion you have had before :)

    I wanted to say thank you for this beautiful reminder of home. Funny that I actually wrote something similar a few days back, just for myself before seeing this.

    I often look at “others” with an attitude of “there I am, taking such and such a form”. This is difficult to explain, but when I remember to do it, it is an instant end to the feeling of separation or feeling threatened or comparing. It instantly takes me to a place, a state of being, where I can just observe and rejoice in others’ success and beauty. And it is also the end of feeling alone, feeling lonely. For how could you be lonely when you are in everyone and everyone is in you? A bit hard to put this into words, but I am sure you know what I mean :)

    Well, like I said, thank you for the reminder.

  8. I find unification concepts fascinating. Concepts which unify us foremost with fellow man and by extension to fellow life, and later to fellow matter. The Erwin Schroedinger quote makes me think, in a reductionistic way, I am composed of matter that may have at one time been another person, and I do feel the primary set of all human emotions, love, fear, lust, hunger, satisfaction, laughter. When those atoms within “my” being go through those motions, those same resonances that once existed before me, how am I distinguishable from the person before me? This leads me to a unification of “myself” with forebears. We can then consider current humanity to be merely a repetition of a previously played track on an ever evolving record, the very nature of playing it will change the recoding if ever so slightly so that the next song is reductionistically identical to the last, yet imperceptibly different. (in “in the realm of hungry ghosts”) Dr. Gabor Maté shows us how we are inextricably tied to our communities, with even seeming “self chosen” consequences such as addiction being products of our environment, we are the sum of our proximal environment, our proximal environments the sum of theirs, and hence humanity is the sum of its herd. All decisions are predisposed and maybe even preprogrammed by the group, all decisions affect the future decisions of the whole herd.

    Now consider that some or all of “me” also likely was matter of another creature or life, another species whether plant, animal or protozoa. Here comes the unification of man with non-man; the fundamental interactions occurring in my body are the same as what occurs in many other animals, its just the arrangement of them that makes me “man” and not “cat”. As my heart beats, so flowed the rhythms of previous life in a similar pattern. The matter exchange between the conscious and the sentient forever binds myself with that which I consume, that which consumes me, life to life.

    More so, because matter is the basic building block of all life, and every material interaction with in my body, my life, will (if ever so slightly) alter the course of all subsequent matter, hence causing my life to be both resultant of past life and concurrently future life in the making. Now I am unified with all matter future and past, labelling present as “Me”.

    Thus unifies all matter with all other matter, all times with all other times. Universally bound to one another, and for my part, in love.

    • Thank you, beautiful thinking :)
      That’s a really nice Zone4 (individual exterior) and Zone8 (collective exterior) perspective on life and as you said, reductionist, but with great depth :) When you get familiar with integral theory you can put all these perspectives in their right place fitting all together in a brilliant Cosmic play.

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